Thursday, June 4, 2009

All That Night

This originally appeared in Streams in The Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman. It was a real blessing to me this morning and I wanted to share it.

Author: Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
Source: Streams in the Desert
Scripture Reference: Exodus 14:21

God Works in the Dark

"The Lord caused the sea to go back…all that night"
(Exod. 14:21).

In this verse there is a comforting message showing how God works in the dark. The real work of God for the children of Israel, was not when they awakened and found that they could get over the Red Sea; but it was "all that night."

So there may be a great working in your life when it all seems dark and you cannot see or trace, but yet God is working. Just as truly did He work "all that night," as all the next day. The next day simply manifested what God had done during the night. Is there anyone reading these lines who may have gotten to a place where it seems dark? You believe to see, but you are not seeing. In your life-progress there is not constant victory; the daily, undisturbed communion is not there, and all seems dark.

"The Lord caused the sea to go back…all that night." Do not forget that it was "all that night." God works all the night, until the light comes. You may not see it, but all that "night" in your life, as you believe God, He works. --C. H. P.

"All that night" the Lord was working,
Working in the tempest blast,
Working with the swelling current,
Flooding, flowing, free and fast.

"All that night" God's children waited--
Hearts, perhaps in agony
With the enemy behind them,
And, in front, the cruel sea.

"All that night" seemed blacker darkness
Than they ever saw before,
Though the light of God's own presence
Near them was, and sheltered o'er.

"All that night" that weary vigil
Passed; the day at last did break,
And they saw that God was working
"All that night" a path to make.

"All that night," O child of sorrow,
Canst thou not thy heartbreak stay?
Know thy God in darkest midnight
Works, as well as in the day.

--L. S. P.


Anonymous said...

I read the same too today and wanted to share it with someone online so I researched if the poem was posted elsewhere and came upon your webpage. Thanks for posting!!! it helped me too!
Much encouraged God is at work even when we don`t know it!

Aliene said...

I just read this not long ago. I love Streams in the desert vol. 1 and 2. God truly works behind the scene sometimes. Enjoyed the post

Joyful Help Meet At Home said...

I love Streams in the Desert. All her writings are so timeless and makes you think.

Joyce said...

I know you posted this two years ago, but thank God the words are timeless.
We are going through deep waters right now and have been reading our old standard Streams in The Desert. I sobbed as I read today's devotion recognizing that God is AT WORK even though it is dark.

I did a search to see if I could paste and copy it to a friend and found your blog.

My father, who is now with The Lord,was a personal friend of Mr. and Mrs. Cowman.

Anonymous said...

Wonder if anyone knows who "L.S.P." is--I love this poem, and would love to read more from the author. Streams in the Desert is ALWAYS wonderful--sometimes I just wish she cited her sources better :)